At first sight, the new 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac can be a bit of a mystery. Is it an SUV with a pickup bed or a pickup with an especially large cab?
Technically, it is an SUV (Ford lists it as such on its Web site), but it does deliver the best of both worlds. Although based on the Explorer—and with no real styling surprises inside or out—it's actually 17 inches longer; the passenger compartment is nearly identical to that of the Explorer, but the rear cargo area of the Explorer is replaced with a 4.5-foot cargo bed made from a dent-proof and rust-proof plastic compound. The interior has a similar look and feel to the Ford Explorer, which isn’t a bad thing.
Overall, the Sport Trac changes very little for 2010, save for some minor modifications. The standard drivetrain for the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic, but there's an optional 292 -horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 matched with a six-speed automatic transmission available. There's a choice of the standard rear-wheel drive or Ford's ControlTrac four-wheel drive if you want extra traction. Unlike an AWD system, ControlTrac is a true 4WD system, with a two-speed transfer case that features a low range just in case the Sport Trac heads off-road. The design is inherently useful for hauling, and with the optional V-8, the Explorer Sport Trac can tow more than 7,160 pounds.